The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 – Duānwǔ jié) is probably the most established occasions in China. It is commended on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese schedule. Duanwu Festival’s feature is intended to look like dragons which race on the river streams. Although, as consistently in China, there is a whole other world to this celebration than just giant dragons and boat races, it is a real festival with many traditions and customs!
The occasion’s legend rotates around Qu, a priest of the State of the Chu, which is currently the Hunan and Hubei regions. He was a decent Minister, steadfast and legit. One day, a prince Qu made an activity that disfavored and excused him from office. Seeing that the province of Chu had fallen under the control of insidious rulers, Qu ended it all by jumping into the Miluo River. Close by fisherman attempted to spare him yet couldn’t recover his body.
At some point after, the Chu individuals who grieved the passing of Qu tossed rice into the river to take care of his soul. After one year, the soul of Qu showed up and told the grievers that a giant reptile in the river had taken the rice. The soul advised them to fold the rice with silk and tie it with five shaded strings, before tossing it.
A dragon boat is generally from 50-100 feet long, with a light emission 5.5ft, obliging two paddlers situated one next to the other. Competing groups drive their boats forward, paddling to the mood of beating drums. Men at the bow set off firecrackers, toss rice into the water, and claim to be searching for Qu. The races are held among various groups, towns, and associations. The champs are granted medals, flags, containers of wine, and feast dinners. Yet at the same time, this race is still more about Tradition than winning!
Quite a while has gone since the legend started. In any case, the celebration, despite everything, praises the memory of its story. The dragon boat races represent numerous endeavors to protect and recoup Qu’s body. Additionally, a bowl of glutinous rice enclosed by leaves called zòngzi ( 粽子) is eaten to symbolize the rice contributions. However, the celebration is likewise a convention to request assurance against evil and ailment for the year’s remainder. Happening toward the start of summer, when there are many bugs, the celebration reminded relatives to deal with their well-being. The Chinese hang the conventional calamus and moxa spices and drink Hsiung Huang wine, yet also utilize further developed strategies to ensure their well-being.
Well, on the day of the celebration, it is believed that if you can stand an egg on one side at precisely midnight, the next year will be good for one!